Posts Tagged ‘Postmodern’

N.T. Wright on Future of Western Church

Monday, November 17th, 2008

N.T. Wright on the future of the Western Church and the post-post-modern Christian faith.

I find this quite fascinating and have given a lot of thought to what the church in North America might look like in the near and mid-term future. I personally am not looking to see a growth in numbers, but I do expect to see a deeper and stronger faith in those who name the name of Jesus. I expect to see a slow abandonment of the American machine/consumer/business model of doing church with a renewed emphasis on walking in “the way of Jesus.” I expect to see greater unity among the divergent tribes within the church and a shift from large/mega churches to smaller community based faith communities.

Tell me what you think the church in North America will look like in 10, 20 and 30 years out. Be brave and express yourself.

HT: Emergent Village

Postmoderns vs Moderns

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Back in March, Ben Dubow posted an few interesting general observations about postmoderns vs. moderns. It is always good to be reminded of the difference in perspective.

  • Postmoderns generally want to belong before they believe.
  • Moderns generally believe before they belong.
  • Postmodern understanding of truth: “Does it work?”
  • Modern understanding of truth: “Does it add up?”
  • Postmodern metaphor for faith: Journey.
  • Modern metaphor for faith: Decision.
  • Postmodern idea of discipleship: Am I moving in the right direction?
  • Modern idea of discipleship: Am I learning the right information? Doing the right things?
  • Postmodern idea of fellowship: Community is the end.
  • Modern idea of fellowship: Community is a means to an end.
  • Postmodern idea of evangelism: Incarnational, ask questions.
  • Modern idea of evangelism: Propositional, presentational, answer questions.

Can you think of any to add?